‘Find My iPad’ App On Stolen Tablets Leads Police To Neighboring Home


UPDATED: Sunday March 31, 2013 7:48 AM

A Columbus mother says police were able to track her stolen goods thanks to an application for her iPad.

Miriam Perez said that her 10-year-old daughter returned to their home after school on Monday and called her in a panic.

“She was crying, and I was like, ‘Ariana, I don’t understand you,’” Perez said.

Intruders had stolen two TVs, a Wii gaming system, video games and two iPads, among other items.

Perez quickly remembered she had recently installed the “Find My iPad” app, which is made by Apple and helps locate missing Apple products and shut them down in case they are lost or stolen.

The mother said she tracked the iPads to her neighbor’s home on Americana Court.

Police executed a search warrant at the home but did not find the devices.

Perez said she bought her girls new ones with insurance money and paid to have a surveillance system installed inside and outside the home in hopes of deterring more criminals.

“We’re also going to have ADT alarms, so that’s going to be a little bit better,” the mother said.

She said she was still uneasy knowing her stolen iPads were tracked to a home on her street.

“We should be like a family,” Perez said. “Everybody has kids around here, and they didn’t think about the kids and they don’t’ care about anything. They have no respect for anybody.”

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